Hackers would have “kidnapped” information from the Colombian Prosecutor's Office: more than 10 terabytes of data would have been stolen

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Among the information that would be in the possession of the Guacamaya group, those responsible for the hack, would be investigations into corruption and drug trafficking, among others

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Hackers would have < /p>Illustrative image. The hacking of the Prosecutor's Office would be equivalent to 10 terabytes of information. Image: AFP and Attorney General's Office

After the Attorney General's Officewas the victim of a hacking last August by the group of activists called Guacamaya, sources from the judicial body informed Blu Radio that the total information “sequestered”, would be more than five compressed terabytes.

According to According to the sources consulted by the radio network, the more than five compressed terabytes that the hackers managed to steal are a total of more than 10 terabytes of data, the equivalent of 1,000 trucks full of documents.

< p class="paragraph">As for the sensitive information that would have been leaked, Blu Radio learned that they would be processes that had carried out by the judicial body from 2018 to date on issues of corruption, drug trafficking, armed groups outside the law, among others.

In addition, according to the sources from the same outlet, among the leaked data there would also be information on the human sources that have collaborated with the Prosecutor's Office in recent years.

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It should be remembered that, on November 6, the newspaper El Espectador revealed some details of the information that was hacked by the Guacamaya activist group. According to the information compiled by the media outlet, the cyber attack was originated through the entity's email server.

El Espectador managed to have access to 38,046 of the folders that were leakedand, according to the newspaper, they contain not only emails from prosecutors, assistants, secretaries, judicial and uniformed police from the CTI, but also data from protected witnesses, monitoring orders, and even the cooperation that the Prosecutor's Office has carried out with international organizations.

Regarding the Guacamaya group, the same media outlet learned that it is a group of hackers whose motto is expose information from those private or government entities that have allegedly abused their power to harm vulnerable populations or the environment.

The Bogota newspaper also obtained information from that Colombia has not been the only country that has been a victim of this group. According to the investigation, Mexico, Chile and Guatemala are some of the nations that are among the list of Latin American countries that have also been hacked by the same group.

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And what does the Prosecutor's Office say?

Hackers would have < /p>File photo. Facade of the headquarters of the Colombian Attorney General's Office in Bogotá, Colombia. Photo: REUTERS/Luis Jaime Acosta

After the first information released by the media about a cyber attack on the Attorney General's Office, on 19 In October, the judicial body was anticipated to issue a statement indicating that they had opened an investigation to clarify the facts.

A criminal investigation was opened to clarify the alleged occurrence of the security event, ordering the formation of an interdisciplinary team headed by prosecutors specialized in computer crimes and investigators and experts with extensive forensic experience in the matter, who will have at their disposal the latest generation technological means to carry out the necessary verifications”, indicated the entity.

En In the document, the Prosecutor's Office also assured that, through its contractor Colombia Telecomunicaciones S.A., they activated the “verification and mitigation mechanisms to avoid the materialization of any risk”.

The judicial body also underlined that they initiated “a due process administrative action”to investigate whether the communications contractorcould be responsible for the cyber attack on the servers of the Prosecutor's Office.